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    Explaining Big Data

    Published on Jun 16, 2012

    Big Data is the next big thing in computing. This video explains Big Data characteristics, technologies and opportunities. For more information, see

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    Kon Leon at #CGC15: “Big Data Analytics Needs Big Data Governance”

    Published on Mar 17, 2015

    CeBIT Global Conferences 2015: Kon Leong, CEO and Founder, ZL Technologies, speaks about “Big Data Analytics Needs Big Data Governance”

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    We Can Use Big Data to Make Ourselves Better

    Published on Mar 20, 2015

    Former Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit explains why new branches of data science must steer from the impulse to measure correlation and instead seek to explore causality. New discoveries in causality built upon big data can then be used to help people break bad habits and steer clear of harmful behaviors.

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    What is big data?

    Published on Mar 7, 2016

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    Three principles of data science: predictability, stability, and computability

    Published on Nov 6, 2017

    In this talk, I will discuss intertwining importance and connections of three principles of data science. The three principles will be demonstrated in the context of two neuroscience projects and through analytical connections. In particular, the first project adds stability to predictive models used for reconstruction of movies from fMRI brain signals to gain interpretability of the predictive models. The second project employs predictive transfer learning and stable (manifold) deep dream images to characterize the difficult V4 neurons in primate vision cortex. Our results lend support, to a certain extent, to the resemblance to a primate brain of Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs).

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    Big data: The Shell investigation - (VPRO documentary - 2013)

    Published on Nov 25, 2017

    VPRO backlight examines how you can penetrate into closed strongholds with the help of big data. What do these huge information streams reveal over a multinational like Shell?
    Ever since the disclosures about the snooping practices of the US and Dutch intelligence services, we are becoming more and more aware of the huge amount of digital data stored over us on the net, in the matrix. But not only data from citizens, but also information about governments and multinationals is being collected. This results in enormous files of many terabytes: big data. The good news is that much of this information is accessible to all of us. You only need to know how to search.

    In the episode 'Big data: The Shell investigation' VPRO backlight investigates how these huge data sources make new ways of journalism possible. The case is energy giant Shell. Using a message about a billion debt that Shell would have left for the Iranian regime, VPRO backlight searches and falls into a sea of ​​digital infomation.

    This way, we will fish some extraordinary remarkable information about the doings of this Dutch multinational in regard to Iran. The research focuses on Shell's activities in the years 2002 - 2010, the period when the international community decided on a commercial boycott against Iran because of its controversial nuclear program. VPRO backlight shows how Royal Dutch Shell ended its rogue operations in Iran's "rogue state" and ended up in 2012 with a two billion dollars debt to the Iranian regime.

    VPRO backlight also addresses its research on the intimate relationship between Shell and the Dutch government. What role does The Hague play when it comes to Shell's interests abroad and how far is this deliberate diplomacy going?
    Finally, VPRO backlight asks whether there is a "revolving door" between Shell and the Dutch government. With the use of an interactive research tool - the powerhouse - that was developed specifically for this purpose, Shell's and the government's relationships are being visualized. All this is being investigated with, as a source, the free available big data files about Shell and its trading partners.

    What is the power of digital resources and how far can big data enrich research journalism? Conversations in this regard bring VPRO backlight with a number of colleagues including journalist and shell expert Marcel Metze, energy reporter at Dow Jones, Benoit Faucon, ship tracking expert, John van Schaik and Kenneth Cukier, data journalist at The Economist and author of the book ‘Big Data: a revolution that will transform how we live, work, and think’.

    Originally broadcasted by VPRO in 2013.
    © VPRO Backlight October 2013

    On VPRO broadcast you will find nonfiction videos with English subtitles, French subtitles and Spanish subtitles, such as documentaries, short interviews and documentary series.
    VPRO Documentary publishes one new subtitled documentary about current affairs, finance, sustainability, climate change or politics every week. We research subjects like politics, world economy, society and science with experts and try to grasp the essence of prominent trends and developments.

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